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Re: “'The Peach' could pave way for streetcar

The only problem is that there is no way this bus line can possibly attract a similar amount of ridership as a streetcar system would. Across the country, streetcar systems regularly attract more riders than buses running along the same route.
Cincinnati is currently planning a 6-mile streetcar line with a daily projected ridership of 1,150 riders per mile which is based on the average ridership of cities that operate modern streetcar systems. If the Atlanta system were to have a similar ridership per mile the 12-mile route would be expected to have ridership of 13,800 riders per day.
According to Creative Loafing, the Peach runs every 30 minutes and takes an hour from beginning to end. To achieve a 30 minute headway on a two hour round trip route would require four buses running the route at all times. Each bus has a capacity of around 45 people, resulting in a combined total capacity of 180 people for all four buses. (About the capacity of a single streetcar). Assuming each bus starts totally full, runs for 18 hours a day, and on each one way trip there are 45 new boardings and 45 passengers who get off the bus then highest possible ridership you could obtain from this route would be 3,240—far less than a streetcar line would be expected to attract. (45 passengers per bus per hour for 18 hours).
No wonder a streetcar opponent supports this plan—it is set up to fail.

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Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2009 at 9:41 PM

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